- extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
- exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme: done with excruciating care.
Origin of excruciating
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- to inflict severe pain upon; torture: The headache excruciated him.
- to cause mental anguish to; irritate greatly.
Origin of excruciate
Examples from the Web for excruciating
Her back popped, leaving the former softball star frozen in excruciating pain.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
The pain was so excruciating that talking was difficult for the man.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
Bucca ignored what must have been excruciating pain as he made his way to the bedside of Police Officer Steven McDonald.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
I was in pain everywhere, my pelvic area was in excruciating pain.Is Sex Assault a Crime in the Ivy League?
May 10, 2014
That is my faith, even if the pain of the present moment is too excruciating to envision what it might be.A Bishop’s Decision to Divorce
May 4, 2014
They preferred to endure the most excruciating pain, rather than separate for an hour.Therese Raquin
"Then we'll push on at once," she gasped, as if speech itself were an excruciating effort.Mistress Wilding
Here the excruciating anguish of the father, overcame that of the dying man.A Simple Story
The cold was keener than ever; it was merciless; it was excruciating.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
He is off his food, and sinks rapidly in condition; and the pain is excruciating.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
- unbearably painful; agonizing
- intense; extremehe took excruciating pains to do it well
- informal irritating; trying
- jocular very badan excruciating pun
- to inflict mental suffering on; torment
- obsolete to inflict physical pain on; torture
Word Origin and History for excruciating
1590s, present participle adjective from excruciate. Related: Excruciatingly.
1560s, from Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare "to torture, torment, rack, plague;" figuratively "to afflict, harass, vex, torment," from ex- "out, thoroughly" (see ex-) + cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," literally "crucify," from crux (genitive crucis) "cross."